Post Tenebras Lux

Dir.: Carlos Reygadas | Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany 2012 | 120 min

The latest film by Carlos Reygadas ('Japon', 'Stellet Licht'), is without doubt one of the most bizarre and controversial works in a long time. Since its premiere in Cannes, there has only been agreement about one thing: 'Post Tenebras Lux' is truly strange. And the opening sequence is one of the most beautiful and scary moments in cinema since Murnau. If you dare submit to it, you can definitely expect an experience far beyond the ordinary. A partially autobiographical family film, an almost plot-less experiment and probably the closest you'll ever get to dreaming while awake. Tensions rise in a small family that lives in the Mexican outback, where a romantic dream of living in close proximity to nature has a dark flip side in the violent and primal forces of the very same nature. The scenes are at times linked by a symbolic and hallucinatory logic, and at other times by an intimate familiarity (the family's two small girls are played by Reygadas's own daughters). A truly personal film, that must be seen in the cinema.

Original Title
Post Tenebras Lux
Country
Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany
Release Year
2012
Duration
120 min.
Directors
Carlos Reygadas
Producer
Jaime Romandia, Carlos Reygadas
Script
Cast
Rut Reygadas, Eleazar Reygadas, Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo, Willebaldo Torres
Camera
Alexis Zabé
Sound
Gilles Laurent, Sergio Diaz
Editor
Natalia Lopez
Production Company
NoDream, Mantarraya, Le Pacte, Arte France Cinéma
Version
Dialogue: Spanish English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
4
Sighs
6
Laughs
2
Look
9
Food for thought
7